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materia: Latin Americanist and Comparative Post-Anthropocentrisms

materia studies approaches to literature and culture that de-center the human as object of study, in Latin America and otherwise. We have been operating as a Working Group for three productive years. During that time, we have provided a vibrant discursive space for research by faculty and students from Stanford and the Bay area, with ample guest speaker participation. Building on vigorous participant interest and evolving long-term research goals, we are to operate as a Focal Group in the years ahead.

Session formats alternate to include discussions of readings moderated by faculty and graduate students, presentations of works-in-progress, and talks by guest speakers. All readings will be pre-distributed by email and are available to download from our website,

All meetings held in Pigott Hall (Building 260), Room 216